This Cozy Fireplace puzzle was such a delightful image to assemble. It has been a while since assembling a Christmas puzzle so I was excited to get into this one. In the past, Christmas trees have been on the tricky side so I expected the same with this one.
Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: Great
Board Quality: Firm
Shape Cut: random
Image Quality: Great
Hardest Area: The tree
Puzzle Dust? none
Finish Quality: Smooth, matte linen finish
Box Quality: Good and solid
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes
Was this purchased new? no
Price: Picked for review
Recommend Level: Highly
Time: 10 hours
I have switched up from using foam boards for sorting. Since I have established that the Grateful House jigsaw puzzling trays can hold a 1000 piece puzzle laid out, (using the lid for the border pieces) I find it convenient to layout my sorting process as shown in the images. I set up the 8 trays plus the lid and the box of puzzle pieces in the centre to sort according to colours or details. I do the border on my foam board working area first so I can put the lid on the trays for movement.
On the upper right side you can see the poster which is a very nice size and you can see the image under the Company logo on the front of the box.
Even though the border looks dark as you see below, there is enough defined colours to assist with the border assembly. Following the image on the box makes the border task go quicker.
I started with the four most distinctive colours/objects first. The red/white blanket on the chair, the window on the upper left, the presents on the lower left, the green chair, the fireplace, stockings and clock. Those were the easy parts.
I thought maybe the dogs would come together quickly but I wrestled a little bit with their eyes and then defining their fur colours outside of the fireplace colours an the fireplace wall - it was mostly seeing the shades but the fur lines on the pieces helped with the dogs.
Finally, I left the entire Christmas Tree for the last, anticipating the most problems but then as I mentioned above, the bright shades on the right side made a huge difference as it was easy to define both sides.
Here are some of the most visible close up images featured in the puzzle that show the shapes of the jigsaw puzzle pieces and some of the details you might not ordinarily see first thing, I love how the stockings are hung on the fireplace too.
I really enjoy assembling the Greg Giordano artwork that Cobble Hills Puzzle Company sells. His artwork is true to reality with so much detail. I have done several of them in the past. One of my very first ones that I assembled was Christmas on the Farm which I still have in my collection today.
The Cozy Fireplace puzzle with all those adorable puppies will be a prefect Christmas puzzle to assemble with the family .
Strawberry Tea, A 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle by Cobble Hill
About Cobble Hill Jigsaw Puzzles
Cobble Hill is a Canadian company that specializes in producing high-quality jigsaw puzzles for adults. The company has gained a reputation for producing visually appealing and challenging puzzles that are made from durable and eco-friendly materials.
One of the standout features of Cobble Hill puzzles is their unique designs. The company collaborates with artists from around the world to create puzzles that are not only challenging but also visually stunning. They have puzzles featuring iconic artworks such as Gustav "Klimt" puzzle and festive designs like "The Village Tree". They also offer themed puzzles such as animals, landscapes, and nostalgia.
Cobble Hill puzzles are made from high-quality, recycled materials that are durable and environmentally friendly. The puzzle pieces are thick and sturdy, making them easy to handle and assemble. Additionally, the pieces fit together smoothly and accurately, ensuring that the finished puzzle looks seamless and well-crafted.
Another notable feature of Cobble Hill puzzles is their commitment to sustainability. The company uses recycled and biodegradable materials in their puzzle production, and they also use vegetable-based inks in their printing process. Additionally, they donate puzzles to nursing homes and Alzheimer's facilities to help individuals with cognitive challenges.
In terms of pricing, Cobble Hill puzzles are generally affordable, with prices ranging from $15 to $25 for most designs. While they may be slightly more expensive than some other brands, the high-quality materials and unique designs justify the cost.
Cobble Hill also has a strong social media presence and engages with its audience through various platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. They regularly post images of new puzzles, behind-the-scenes glimpses of their puzzle-making process, and share puzzles completed by their followers. Their social media strategy has helped them to build a loyal following of puzzle enthusiasts and has helped them to stay relevant in a competitive market.
One area where Cobble Hill could improve is their range of puzzle sizes. While they offer a decent range of sizes, they do not currently offer puzzles with more than 2000 pieces, which may be a drawback for experienced puzzlers looking for a greater challenge.
In conclusion, Cobble Hill is a brand of jigsaw puzzles that offers high-quality, visually stunning, and eco-friendly puzzles that are enjoyed by puzzle enthusiasts of all skill levels. Their unique designs, commitment to sustainability, and engagement on social media have helped them to stand out in a crowded market and build a loyal following. While they could expand their range of puzzle sizes, overall, Cobble Hill puzzles are a great choice for anyone looking for a fun and challenging puzzle-solving experience.
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)